Spit on the city
of compressed souls and slender breasts, of pointed eyes and sticky fingers--
That he was not discovered was a miracle, for mounted warriors were constantly riding back and forth from the camp into the forest; but the long day wore on and still he continued his seemingly fruitless quest, until, near sunset, he came opposite a mighty gate in the city
's western wall.
Nestled in a deep valley lay a city
of Martian concrete, whose every street and plaza and open space was roofed with glass.
It began at Salt Lake City
with a hundred telephones, in 1880.
"But the Guardian of the Gate is considered a faithful Guardian, and the King's Army will not let the City
be conquered without a struggle."
Some wireless communications had failed of a satisfactory ending, and fleet and city
remembered they were hostile powers.
They stood a long time on the hilltop, feasting their eyes on the splendor of the Emerald City
"This buried city
of his must be a wonderful place."
In the sixteenth, it seems to retreat visibly, and to bury itself deeper and deeper in the old city
, so thick had the new city
already become outside of it.
Through that door he knew that the girl and the man whom he sought to succor had been taken into the city
. What fate lay in store for them or whether already it had been meted out to them he could not even guess, nor where, within that forbidding wall, they were incarcerated he could not know.
With the noiselessness of disembodied spirits we moved stealthily along the deserted streets, but not until we were within sight of the plain beyond the city
did I commence to breathe freely.
Hence it is evident that a city
is a natural production, and that man is naturally a political animal, and that whosoever is naturally and not accidentally unfit for society, must be either inferior or superior to man: thus the man in Homer, who is reviled for being "without society, without law, without family." Such a one must naturally be of a quarrelsome disposition, and as solitary as the birds.